Dharma Voice, Compassionate Warrior


Peter was ordained as a Buddhist priest in the layman lineage. His transmission ceremony in 2016 signified the completion of his work with Chikudo Lewis Richmond, his Zen teacher for the past several years, his understanding as a Buddha and his joining the ranks of "ancestors" of the Buddha. Hosho Jishi is his Buddhist name which means: Dharma Voice, Compassionate Warrior.

DHARMA TALKS can be accessed either through this youtube link or his transcripts.


April 1, 2020 - You Think You Can’t Meditate…But You Can

April 8, 2020 - What is This Thing We Call the Self?

April 15, 2020 - Owning the Body

April 22, 2020 - What the Buddha Taught - Part 1

April 29, 2020 - What the Buddha Taught - Part 2

May 6, 2020 -  What the Buddha Taught - Part 3

May 13, 2020 - Final Discussion of Buddhist Livelihood and Effort

May 20, 2020 - On Emptiness

May 27, 2020 - Enlightenment - Seeing the Unseen

June 3, 2020 - Seeing Things as They Are

June 10, 2020 - When Nothing Works

June 17, 2020 - Questions & Answers - Part 1

June 24, 2020 - Questions & Answers - Part 2

July 1, 2020 - On Anxiety

July 29, 2020 - Flashing in the Dark

August 5, 2020 - Teachers

August 26, 2020 - On Busyness

August 28, 2020 - Overlooking the Obvious

September 2, 2020 - Eightfold Path and Politics

September 9, 2020 - Issa’s “And yet”….

September 16, 2020 - Wild Body, Wild Mind

September 30, 2020 - Karma

October 7, 2020 - Loss

October 14, 2020 - Politics and Despair



For those following my Dharma Talks on Wednesday, here is a contact at San Francisco Zen Center where you can purchase elegant meditation cushions, mats, and incense. They are very well made. There is no markup. And I receive nothing for recommending them

Dharma Practice —Helpful Products.

Takudo (Asia) manages the San Francisco Zen Center (City Center )Bookstore.

They sell very well-made meditation cushions (made locally) and both kapok and buckwheat zafus are $50. (Zafu is the round cushion you sit on. Buckwheat is VERY firm.) Zabutons are a square mat about 1 ½” thick, about 3 ft. on a side which the zafu sits on. The Zabuton protects your ankles from being ground into the floor.) They are $65.

They also sell various sizes of small square support cushions ($10-20) These are handy to prop up a knee or raise the pillow.

Another option is a locally manufactured seiza bench ($80). You kneel, and put the seat over your calves behind you, and then sit. They are very comfortable and prevent undue harm to the knees.

Shunryu Suzuki’s books Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and Not Always So are available there for, $17.95 and $16.95 respectively.

Zen Center has a very elegant incense, made in Japan that is very reasonable and nothing like the cloying Indian incense you might be accustomed to.

You can reach Asia at bookstore@sfzc.org or call 415-354- 0397

Again, there is no markup on these items. They are very reasonable and beautifully made. I’ve had my zafu for over 45 years, and they are posted here as a service to those interested in pursuing meditation.




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